Three Questions with Author Warren Ellis

I asked New York Times bestselling novelist and comic book writer Warren Ellis three questions about reading and writing. This is what he had to say...

1.  What advice would you offer young readers?

Read everything.  Read outside your comfort zone.  Use the internet to discover connections between your favourite writers and the writers who influenced them or walked with them, and broaden out.  Discover.

2.  What advice would you offer young writers?

Always carry a notebook.  Any notebook will do - I once wrote a short book in a reporter-style notebook I bought from the Post Office for fifty pence.  You don't have to pony up for an expensive brand name.  All you need is a notebook and a pencil or pen, to capture ideas on the fly -- because you will forget them if you don't write them down.  

3.  What are you reading and writing now?

Reading right now: NOCILLA EXPERIENCE BY Agustin Fernandez Mallo.  Writing - today I'm working on a screenplay. By which I mean I just received a drive from the studio with all the research material in it, and it won't connect to my laptop. Sometimes there are days like that.  But there are a better days ahead.

Many thanks to Warren Ellis for his responses.  Check out his website at, his Amazon page at, and read his Tweets at @warrenellis.

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